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John "3C" Casterline
City: Orlando
State: Florida
Begins: Apr 28, 2011
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Tue, Apr 24th, 2018
Trip Distance: 2,405.8

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 171
Journal Visits: 196,573
Guestbook Views: 31,601
Guestbook Entrys: 369

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2018 HIKE

Apr 24th, 2018

DID ANYONE THINK EVEN FOR A MINUTE THAT I WAS NOT GOING TO TRY AGAIN? NOT A CHANCE. I am currently training at levels that makes last years increase look mild. Before each day’s training. I always do stretching, crunches (100), pushups (currently at 10 with a goal of 30), and other strength exercises designed to reduce the pain/numbness in my right arm caused by spinal stenosis. This takes about 20 minutes.

Typical training after the exercises described above is now:

Tue – Hike ramps with backpack (currently 23 lbs - will increase in increments up to 34 lbs) at parking garage minimum of 1+45 (45 floors). I go back to the YMCA at night for 30 minutes on the treadmill wearing my backpack.

Wed – Lift weights at YMCA on 14 different devices. I have increased all leg lifts from 130 to 160 and soon to be 170+. I used to do two sets with 12 reps and now I do 3 sets for all leg exercises and arm presses. THEN I exercise for an hour on the elliptical and the treadmill or bicycle.

Thu – Same as Tue

Fri – Day of rest

Sat – Hike the ramps at Orlando Hospital with backpack minimum 2 hours. These ramps are a continuous UP for 9 floors with no flat area in between floors. Minimum floors hiked = 80.

Sun – Same as Wed.

Mon – Day of rest


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